As Kenya’s digital savvy president, Uhuru Kenyatta held talks with the United States’ ‘Twitter’ president, Donald Trump at the White House on Monday, it was inevitable that audiences on the social networking site that both leaders love to use, would be engaged.
In Kenya, the meeting was discussed using the hashtag, #KenyaUSRelations, while both presidents and their first ladies also tweeted about their respective meetings.
Netizens also shared their thoughts on the several trade agreements signed, the photo ops including a seemingly awkward handshake between Trump and Kenyatta among other issues.
It was a pleasure having First Lady Margaret Kenyatta at the White House today. I enjoyed learning about Beyond Zero and discussing our shared concerns for the well-being of children.
What the presidents said
Coming on the day a Financial Times report claimed Trump had described Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari as “lifeless” after their April meeting at the White House, the US president was quick to use Twitter to share his thoughts on the meeting with Kenyatta.
Met US President— Uhuru Kenyatta (@UKenyatta) August 27, 2018
realDonaldTrumpat the WhiteHouse in Washington DC and invited the US to increase its trade and investments in Africa #KenyaUSrelations |
FirstLadyKenyaForeignOfficeKE https://t.co/wblFXahZB0 pic.twitter.com/Y7Nvhelow4
The First Ladies
U.S. First Lady Melania Trump said she was pleased to have hosted her Kenyan counterpart.
“It was a pleasure having First Lady Margaret Kenyatta at the White House today. I enjoyed learning about Beyond Zero and discussing our shared concerns for the well-being of children,” her tweet reads.
It was a pleasure having— Melania Trump (FLOTUS) August 27, 2018
FirstLadyKenyaat the WhiteHouse today. I enjoyed learning about
BeyondZeroKenya& discussing our shared concerns for the well-being of children. #BeBest pic.twitter.com/MNrXaL7f16
The First Lady of Kenya, Margaret Kenyatta, who has retweeted Melania’s and Uhuru’s tweets, is yet to share her own takeaways from the meeting.
Kenyatta shared some of the significant issues discussed with Trump and business dlegations in the US including regional security, tourism and investment.
President— Uhuru Kenyatta (UKenyatta) August 27, 2018
realDonaldTrumpand I also agreed to bolster the Kenya-US partnership in peace and security especially in the Horn of Africa region #KenyaUSrelations | POTUS
We also discussed the direct flights from Nairobi to New York by— Uhuru Kenyatta (UKenyatta) August 27, 2018
KenyaAirwaysthat are set to commence in October. The flights are set to boost tourism and trade for the mutual benefit of our two countries #KenyaUSrelations realDonaldTrump |
African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) is one of the main areas that is set to benefit from the direct flights between Nairobi and New York #KenyaUSrelations— Uhuru Kenyatta (UKenyatta) August 27, 2018
And Kenyans responded by sharing their thoughts on these developments, but also highlighting nitty gritty details like the awkward hadshake between Trump and Kenyatta.
As usual, Kenyan delegations can’t carry their own pen & paper to take notes in a meeting. Apparently they have SSD drives in their heads & identic memories.— Michael Mburu (@MichaelMburu_) August 27, 2018
Kwanza Monicah Juma & Rotich you’d think their foreheads are made of Intel i9 with 2TB capacity. ?
There’s always a feeling of patriotism whenever I see— Kihuria•Wa•Ndorongo (KihuriaJohnteh) August 27, 2018
UKenyattarepresenting Kenya to the outside world. Yes it's possible to build Kenya, it's possible to make Kenya soar! No matter the circumstances. This is home. #KenyaUSrelations pic.twitter.com/1zMUh7tNUD